Choose 'yes' to opt in to email below: You can opt out of receiving our messages at any time. 3. It aims to provide Florida’s tomato workers with better wages and working conditions. Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Program. I urge you to join the Program immediately. With whom did you speak during your call? Get a weekly dish of features, commentary and insight from the food movement’s front lines. Would you like to hear about our latest campaigns, news, events and fundraising, and find out more about how you can get involved? We may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Services without notice or liability. You may use the Services for your noncommercial personal use and for no other purpose. Once you get someone on the line, give your statement. “It’s one that shows to the public through advertisements that they purport to care about the rights of farmworkers in their supply chains—without having the enforcement and participation of workers that is necessary in order to have a true code of conduct to really make a difference in workers’ lives.”, The protest will take place March 16 – 29, at the Ohio State University and at Wendy’s Dublin headquarters. 4. What’s keeping Wendy’s from signing the agreement? Old fashioned is right!, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, January 2013 "Fair Food Program helps end the use of slavery in the tomato fields" The Washington Post, September 2012. An advisory committee to the White House cited the fair food agreement in a report on the eradication of human trafficking as “one of the most successful and innovative programs” in the world today in the fight against modern-day slavery, and the United Nations has sent observers to study the program. A pull quote in the blog posting (one not actually included in the text itself) puts it more plainly: “That would be like us asking our customers to pay for their food, and then adding another fee to go to our employees.”. By entering your details you confirm that you are 16 or older. According to Laura Kington, a member of Ohio Fair Food and an OSU alumna, several hundred out-of-towners are expected to join with protestors in Ohio. “Right now there is always an empty seat at our table for Wendy’s to come sit with us.”, Instagram to blame for increase in food waste, study says, Monday’s Supreme Court ruling makes it harder to sue food companies for wage theft, As Trump tries to tighten the definition of “hungry,” all 50 states have made it easier to sign up for food stamps, For California food reformers, priorities shift from “local and sustainable” to ICE raids and “sanctuary restaurants”, “Farm to food bank” bill vetoed in New York, The first corporate executive ever to do time for food safety violations may walk free, As Trump prepared to sign farm bill, USDA announced new work requirements for millions of food stamp recipients, Why Big Food might not be too big to fail. “We don’t believe we should pay another company’s employees—just as we do not pay factory workers, truck drivers or maintenance personnel that work for our other suppliers,” she writes. To mark the occasion, activists will stage two weeks of demonstrations in the chain’s home state of Ohio—culminating in a weeklong fast in front of its Dublin, Ohio headquarters. Before the Fair Food Program launched, tomato pickers faced some of the worst labor conditions in the country without any effective form of recourse. “That would be like us asking our customers to pay for their food, and then adding another fee to go to our employees.”, Last week, Wendy’s released a retooled “Supplier Code of Conduct,” revamping its purchasing policies on a range of issues from food safety to animal welfare to labor rights. It’s part of CIW’s. Meanwhile, the “cooperative” isn’t accountable to workers at all, and Wendy’s has remained silent in the face of demands to disclose any enforcement mechanisms behind its toothless code of conduct. Joe Fassler. Let us know how it went using the form below! Worse, Wendy’s is misleading the public about the way it purchases tomatoes. To protect their brand, Wendy's promotes an illusory Supplier Code of Conduct that excludes workers' voices and lacks consequences for abuses.Wendy's urgently needs to join the Fair Food Program to do its part in building an industry in which farmworker women no longer have to surrender their dignity for the right to put food on their families’ tables.